Zoo tiger death: Victim named as Rosa King
“She will be greatly missed, not just by me, but by everyone who came to know her.
“The only consolation I can take from today’s tragic events is that Rosa is now reunited with her beloved Ares the cheetah, and Blizzard and Ladybelle, her beloved tigers.”
‘Heard her scream’
Peter Davis, who was at the zoo with his family, said he had heard a “commotion” near the enclosure where Ms King was attacked.
“There was a guy at the enclosure where the incident happened and he came running past me. He was taking photographs so he ran off to get some help for something, we didn’t know what.
“The next minute half a dozen zoo keepers came running down to the enclosure.”
He said he heard one of the zoo keepers screaming.
“One of the girls, we just heard her scream. And one of the girls shouted ‘run’. So a few of us ran into one of the zoo keepers’ small rooms by the closure,” he said.
His group was held in that room for about 10 minutes until they were given the all clear.
He said: “As we came out, we were sort of ushered further away, but we were still looking at what was going on, and you could obviously see the keepers all distressed, not really knowing what to do, heads in their hands.
“A couple of them were throwing meat over the enclosure to try and entice the tiger away, but it was probably going on for 10 to 15 minutes.